I was born and raised in a Christian family in Mizoram, located in North Eastern India. I am the third generation of Christians in my family and go by Vanlal. My wife, Mary, and I have three children: Sam, who is 25, Jonathan, who is 16, and Andrew, who is 14. While attending high school, I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior, and I made a commitment to the Lord to study theology and become a pastor.
After I earned two Bachelors of Theology degrees in India, I was installed as a probationary pastor in 1989 by the Presbyterian Church of India, Mizoram Synod. Three years later, I was ordained as full-time pastor. I attended the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in Iowa to get my master’s degree, concentrating on pastoral care and counseling, and graduated from Dubuque in 1994. While studying in Dubuque I completed the summer CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa. During 1999-2000, I worked as resident chaplain at Covenant Healthcare hospital in Saginaw, Michigan.
In the fall of 2000, I was called by the First Presbyterian Church in Rudyard, Michigan to become a supply pastor. During July 2001 – April 2003 I worked with World Vision International in India as a Spiritual Nurture Associate. My main job was organizing spiritual retreats and training for the staff. In May 2003, the First Presbyterian Church in Rudyard, Michigan, where I had previously worked as a supply pastor, called me again to become their installed pastor. In 2009 I worked as a solo pastor in Tyrone, Pennsylvania. In 2015, God called me to work as a pastor at two churches in Princeton, Indiana. One of my main goals was merging the two churches into one. After that had been accomplished by the help of God, He called me to work as a solo pastor here at First Presbyterian Church Van Wert, Ohio. I am very blessed and honored to be a pastor here at the First Presbyterian Church, Van Wert, Ohio.
In my free time, I enjoy reading, traveling, golf, and tennis. However, my greatest joy is to serve God and work with the church family for the extension of God’s Kingdom. If you are interested in praising and serving God, I invite you to come and join us in worshiping Him every Sunday morning at 10:00 A.M.